Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 4:30pm
01242 386 469
Call us

The holiday ideas on our website are just examples of the amazing trips we offer

Brandon Clements

Senior Travel Specialist

01242 386 469

01242 386 469

Best time to go

March - May, October & November

Time difference

GMT +6 hours

Flight duration

10 hours 30 minutes

Fly to

Kathmandu via Delhi or Doha

Punakha: a land of Bhutanese mountains and monasteries

Although it has not gloried in the title of Bhutan’s capital since 1955, Punakha retains the stately atmosphere of its past. Gazing up at the towering Himalaya, Punakha’s picturesque green valley is entirely dominated by the Punakha Dzong or 'Palace of Great Happiness', a vast walled monastery set magnificently at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers.

Built in the 17th century to serve as the region’s religious and administrative centre, the great dzong remains the most spectacular building in all of Bhutan. It provides the focus of the area’s cultural and spiritual draw.

Elsewhere in the valley, the Chimi Lhakhang is another must-see temple dating back to 1499. It is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kinley – also known as the ‘Divine Madman’.

With its awe-inspiring backdrop of the Himalaya, the Punakha valley is also a hugely rewarding location for outdoors adventure. A&K experts are perfectly placed to arrange unforgettable mountain biking, rafting and trekking tours in all the region’s scenic hotspots.

Asia & Indian Subcontinent team

From Tokyo's sacred shrines to the faith, colour and culture of the Indian subcontinent, our well-travelled team will craft the right itinerary for you
Meet the team

Still looking for inspiration?

We have a huge range of destinations, experiences and hotel options available.

Learn more about our luxury tailor-made holidays and unparalleled escorted tours to Bhutan

Interested in this destination?

Call us on 01242 386 469